Israel Culture 101 is my take on the Israeli people and their customs as I experienced them during my travels.
There is a wealth of information I could deliver here, but I will confine the scope of this page to only the really interesting observations I have made as an immigrant. I present just the really 'need to know' interesting stuff that I feel will make your Israel travel experience even more rewarding and informative.
Sabra - also known as the Prickly Pear
Israel Culture; did you know that?
Israelis love to boogie; Dance is a very significant part of Israeli Culture. Since Biblical times, the Jewish people have expressed joy through dance. Throughout the centuries, dance has become a part of religious, communal, and family celebrations.
The popular Israeli folk dancing
Modern Israel dancing can be categorized in two genres. Israel Folk Dancing (similar to country western style line dancing in
the U.S.) was brought to Israel by the early settlers. Of course most people are familiar with the Hora as it is the most
common dance at festive occasions. Second, Art Dance has developed as a cultural activity with stage productions, created
by professional choreographers and performed by trained dancers. Some of the top Art Dance companies in Israel include
The Inbal Dance Theater, The Batsheva Dance Company, The Bat-Dor Dance Company, The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and
The Israel Ballet.
When I first arrived in Israel as a new Oleh (immigrant), I was so fascinated by the cultural differences between my new home and my native U.S. that I wrote regular column in the local paper about it. Some of my most interesting observations about Israel Culture:
Top Tip! Be careful when dealing with vendors, taxi
drivers, etc.. When they hear your English or foreign accent, they may try to take advantage of you by
inflating the price. Don't be a Frier (Hebrew lingo for sucker or pushover), if you feel you are being overcharged.
Object adamantly and appear irritated and angry, they will respect you and back down.
Tar'but Yisraelit (Israel Culture in Hebrew)